Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The South Bay Harbor Trail Will Connect the City To The Sea

This fall Mayor Walsh announced that construction will begin next year on the long awaited South Bay Harbor Trail, a 3.5 mile long pedestrian friendly bike trail that will connect South Boston, Roxbury, and the South End to the waterfront, and South Boston and Fort Point to the Emerald Necklace and beyond.

When it is finished, the South Bay Harbor Trail will serve as a critical new connection between home and jobs, public transportation, cultural institutions, and the harbor. The construction of the trail will include a replacement of the bike trail along the Melnea Cass Boulevard, which has fallen into disrepair.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has advocated for the Harbor Trail since it was conceived in 2001, 
raising more than $1 million in cash and in-kind engineering work for the planning and design of the project.

Patty Foley, our president, firmly believes that the path will be a great opportunity for Boston and its residents, despite its late start, stating that “it will play a very important role in both connecting people to the harbor and alleviating some of the transportation challenges that face the Seaport and other Boston neighborhoods as well”. 

The construction of the Harbor Trail will be completed in stages, with the first phase is set to begin in the Spring of 2018. This first phase will be built underneath the Southeast Expressway to connect Albany Street to the Harborwalk. As longtime advocates of the South Bay Harbor Trail, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is extremely excited for the benefits this important development will bring to the region. 

To learn more about the South Bay Harbor Trail, read this recent piece in the Boston Globe.

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